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March 10, 2017  RSS feed

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Solar energy pioneer to address joint Cordozo, Montefiore awards event

Lyon “Lenny” Roth Lyon “Lenny” Roth The Cardozo and Montefiore Societies of Tampa Bay will host their first collaborative annual program on Tuesday, April 4 in St. Petersburg to honor two Bay area men for a multitude of achievements and to hear guest speaker Lyon “Lenny” Roth talk about political and economic climate in the Middle East.

The program will honor the Cardozo Society’s Leadership Award recipient Gary Teblum of Tampa and Montefiore Society Leadership Award recipient Hal Hershkowitz of St. Petersburg.

The Cardozo Society, named in honor of Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cardozo, is open to legal professionals and the new Montefiore Society is for financial services professionals. The Montefiore Society is named after Moses Montefiore, a British financier known for philanthrophy to the Jewish community. Membership in both groups requires a specified minimum gift to the Jewish Federation.

The speaker

Roth, a partner in Yarotek, a Miami-based solar energy company with more than 75 megawatts of installed capacity, has traveled to nearly 50 countries and has long championed energy efficiency and environmental awareness. He is a venture partner at OurCrowd, a Jerusalem-based global venture platform and a senior advisor to IDE, one of the world’s leading water solutions companies, based in Kadima, Israel.

Serving on multiple corporate and community boards, including the Miami Mayor’s Green Commission, Roth also is a member of the Israeli Consulate’s Speakers Bureau and currently is chairman for Israel Bonds in southeast Florida. He is an adjunct professor of business law and ethics at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale and at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, where he also serves as a governor.

Roth is a graduate of McGill University in Canada and Harvard Law School and served as a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Award recipients

Not only have both award recipients made notable accomplishments in their professional careers, but also have been highly involved in the local Jewish community.

Gary Teblum is shareholder and attorney with Trenam Law. He has been named Lawyer of the Year for Corporate Law in 2015, Lawyer of the Year for Tampa Securities and Capital Markets Law and one of Best Lawyers in America. In 2016, he was recognized as a Florida Trend Legal Elite and was named a Ranked Lawyer in USA Chambers and Partners.

In the Jewish community, Teblum has held and continues to hold many leadership roles. He is a past president and a current board member of Congregation Kol Ami and former Men’s Club president. He is also a past vice president of the Tampa Orlando Pinellas Jewish Foundation and board member of the Tampa JCCs and Federation.

Hal Hershkowitz is a Certified Public Accountant in Florida and New York and is president and managing partner of the public accounting firm of Hershkowitz & Kunitzer.

Hershkowitz serves as treasurer of the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties board and chairman of the Budget and Allocations Committee. In the past, he has served as treasurer of the Jewish Community Center of Pinellas County and president and treasurer of Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg.


The event will begin with cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program at 7:15 p.m. It will take place at Bank of Tampa, 200 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, which is sponsoring the gathering.

The Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties and the Tampa JCCs & Federation are jointly presenting the event. It is open to the entire community and free for all Federation donors; $25 per person for all non-donors.

The event is chaired by Adam Abelson, David Abelson and Les Barnett. For more information or to RSVP, go to or

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